Galveston, TX Train Accident, May 1923

Body of Man Is Found Near Track

Believed To Have Been Killed At Same Time Another Was Hurt.

The body of a white man believed to be either William Downey or William Barry, a member of the crew of the steamship Freeport Sulphur No. 1, was found yesterday morning at 7:20 o’clock at Twenty-fifth Street and Avenue A, by P.W. Collerain.

It is though that the man was killed Tuesday night about 9:30 o’clock by a freight train or a switch engine at the same time that Eric Peterson, also a member of the crew of the boat, was injured about the head and legs.

According to the story told to County Officer W.A. Le Blane by Peterson, he and the man thought to be Barry were returning to the wharf to secure a launch to take them to the dry dock, where the Freeport Sulphur No. 1 was tied up, and when in the vicinity of the railroad tracks they stepped back to allow an automobile to pass and were struck by a train.

The body of Barry was badly mangled, portions being scattered for a distance along the tracks. Justice of the Peace R.M. Kupsa was summoned to hold an inquest and, after viewing the body ordered it removed to the undertaking establishment of J. Levy & Bro. Justice Kupsa will question members of the train crew this morning before returning a verdict in the case.

Hospital authorities stated yesterday that Peterson was suffering great pain from his injuries, but was in no serious danger.

Galveston Daily News, Galveston, TX 10 May 1923